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From The Rector November 2011

An amazing date this November, as we remembered, on the 11th November 2011 at 11 am, the final cessation of hostilities in the First World War some 93 years ago, following the senseless slaughter of so many in Europe, marking the ending of an era. And the Second World War too, ending over 66 years ago, means that there are every fewer around us who actually fought for their country and are still with us today. And in case we forget, since 1945, over 3,500 UK troops have died in conflicts around the world, from Korea to Palestine, from Afghanistan to Kenya. A huge sacrifice. Essential to remember. And to pledge ourselves afresh to peace in our hearts, our families, our communities and between the nations of the world.

In all the economic turmoil which both threatens to engulf us and affects so many in different ways, with protestors around the steps of St Paul’s and testing times for Christians, we are reminded of the rapid passing of time, as we look forward to that great moment of our salvation at Christmas, and the chance of new beginnings in a new year. Amid all the carols, all the parties, the eating and drinking, all the busy-ness, all the fuss, all the fun, perhaps we all need some time to reflect on what is truly important in our lives, what matters to us, and how we respond and live our lives with one another in community.

Jesus shows us the way, for he too loved a party, and many of his most important sayings were uttered at meal times around the table. He makes sure that no one is left out, that justice and mercy and above all love are at the heart of our lives together. So join us as we seek His will for us, His guidance in our lives, and the amazing gift of God’s own very self at Christmas and every day.

God Bless.

Mike

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